Study on the requirements and options for RFID application in healthcare

Identifying areas for Radio Frequency Identification deployment in health care delivery: A review of relevant literature

by Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Evi Hatziandreu, Helen Rebecca Schindler, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Han de Vries, Joachim Krapels

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This document is the first deliverable of the RFID & Health project. It provides an overview of the state of the art in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) applications in healthcare delivery.

Some 325 sources have been reviewed in order to draft three ‘long-lists’ of applications, enablers and barriers of RFID deployment. In the next phase of the project, these will be validated and prioritised through expert interviews and a Delphi survey. Case studies will be used to further assess the costs and benefits of the most promising applications.

The list of sources which have been reviewed for this report is believed to cover all important scientific publications, policy documents and relevant articles from the professional press, in Europe, North America and Asia, related to the topic of RFID applications in healthcare. In addition, more general literature on RFID — technology, market, enablers and barriers — has also been covered.

Primarily, the report provides a basis for the rest of the study. As a stand-alone document it gives the reader an overview of all relevant issues related to RFID deployment in healthcare delivery. The line is deliberately drawn not to include the pharmaceutical industry, counterfeiting of drugs and tracking of medical devices as they move through the supply chain. This study is primarily focused on the delivery of patient care, mostly within the context of the hospital, but also including telemedicine applications.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Scope and objectives

  • Chapter Two

    Methodology: A systematic literature review

  • Chapter Three

    Areas for RFID deployment in healthcare

  • Chapter Four

    Most important enablers and barriers to the use of RFID in healthcare 40

  • Chapter Five

    Examples of promising completed or on-going RFID trials, pilots and applications by country

  • Appendix One

    Relevant Bibliography

  • Appendix Two

    Screening Template: RFID in Healthcare

  • Appendix Three

    Alternative Typologies of Healthcare RFID Applications

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